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Zucchini Noodles: What They Are and How to Eat Them
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Zucchini Noodles: What They Are and How to Eat Them

I was first introduced to zucchini noodles when my sister went on a raw diet. I ate dinner with her one night and she had these noodles. I was pretty sceptical, but they were amazing! 

Zucchini noodles are very easy to prepare. All you need is a zucchini or two and a mandoline. Wash the vegetable really well and then run it lengthwise through the mandoline to get long, thin noodles. Depending on the blade you can make lasagna style or spaghetti style "pasta."

You don't need to cook these, though I have seen some people immerse them in boiling water for a minute or two. I like them raw myself. 

How to Eat Zucchini Pasta

These noodles are pretty bland on their own, but they go really well with sauces. For a super simple method, just squeeze some lime or lemon over the noodles and add a little sprinkle of salt. 

You could also top them with pesto, which is my absolute favorite way to go. You just blend about 2 cups of fresh basil with one or two cloves of garlic, a quarter cup of olive oil and some salt to taste. You can add pine nuts if you like, but I usually do without.  Blend until smooth and use it to top the pasta.

Any kind of pasta sauce will work well over zucchini noodles. Another favorite way to prepare them is to toss the noodles with a little olive oil, fresh, shredded basil and a couple of chopped tomatoes. This is a nice fresh, raw dinner that should appeal to anyone. 

How about a great peanut sauce? The zesty freshness of these noodles would be an incredible flavor combination in conjunction with a reach, creamy peanut sauce. There are some terrific recipes going around (think coconut milk!)

Have you tried zucchini noodles? How do you like them?

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  1. Veganara
    Voted. Great blog. I must try these some time, as I love zucchini and I love noodles! You might like my latest recipe here, Top Tagliatelle, do check it out if you get a chance. :-) Sorry no photo, unfortunately the ones I have taken myself are not high-res enough for this new site :-(.
  2. Melissa Nott
    Melissa Nott
    This sounds good, especially the pesto variation!
  3. Bethany1202
    Awesome tips for healthier "pasta."


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